Happy Wednesday everyone! A few things have recently revealed to me how important and significant it is to tell people how you feel, and I know you’re dying to hear about it.
Last night whilst studying in Starbucks, I made a new friend named Luke. Luke is friends with one of my friends named Alex who I met in Starbucks earlier this year, and he came over to my table and started talking with me and Alex. Luke told me he had seen me around before and had heard of me. I have that experience with a lot of people: you hear of someone and vaguely know who they are, but you have never met, so you’re not really sure how or why you are aware of them. Having someone openly tell me that I was that for them made me really excited. His “confession” of sorts broke ground of any initial awkwardness and allowed us to delve right into getting to know each other. I wish we all did what Luke did. I say screw subtly and delve right in, telling others you are aware of them and their accomplishments. It’s not creepy; it shows your interest in being their friend and makes them feel good. Plus, blatantly putting your thoughts out there takes vulnerability, and vulnerability breeds friendship.
After my encounter at Starbucks, a kid I went to high school with posted a video on Youtube in which he discussed social norms. He also recently posted a photo (the first in a series he is working on) disturbingly displaying the effect others can have on people trying to express themselves. Being all for expressing your thoughts and feelings at all times and encouraging others to do so, I was naturally jazzed to see him making such strong statements and encouraging others to notice. I messaged him and told him how inspired I was by it, and he was incredibly grateful. I thought telling him that what he was doing was indeed influencing others was important, so by golly I did just that.
Finally, I wrote this post last week about Jamie Woodham’s Twitter account. Much to my surprise, I logged onto Twitter today to find a message from him. Mr. Woodham said he stumbled across my article and thanked me for my words, expressing that nice comments from strangers are less common than rude ones. By me simply expressing my liking of his Twitter account, he was obviously excited enough to thank me. I think that’s totally rad. And by him reaching out and thanking me, that makes me feel good that people actually enjoy what I am writing. IT ALL COMES FULL CIRICLE!
Moral of the story: if you have a thought or want to tell someone you think they are really pretty, or funny, or rad, or inspiring, go freaking do it. It will make them feel great and you will feel great too. People are truly incredible and we should use every opportunity we have to tell them so.
Have a great rest of the week, go tell someone you admire them, and thanks for reading